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The First (Modern) Women’s Tour de France: Race Preview

It’s here, it’s finally here, the first (modern) women’s Tour de France is just around the corner and we could not be more excited. Kicking off from Paris, as the men’s race finishes, it makes the Tour last a whole extra week, except with fresh faces and what is sure to be really competitive, really […]

Tour de France 2022: Route, Key Stages & Riders to Watch

As the summer sweeps in, we know what is coming… the TOUR!  The biggest race in the world, the three week epic journey around France, the race of history, glory, and defeat, from the cobbles of the north to the highest pyrenees in the south, and of course a breathtaking final lap around Paris- loving […]

Bikes in the Breakaway – Tour de France 2020

We are loving watching the Tour de France peleton race it’s way around some of the most spectacular cycling regions in France, and it’s even sweeter to see the race unfold against the odds. We take a look at the bikes making the headlines in stage wins or in breakaways at the Tour de France. […]

The 2020 Vuelta a España: Route Preview

Back for its 75th edition in the summer of 2020 the Vuelta is set to bring thrilling racing to screens around the world. Placed at the end of the season, part of the Vuelta’s charm is its unpredictability. Who will make it to the start line? Who will focus on the Tour or on the […]

A Look at the 2020 Tour de France Route

Riders might be hanging up their wheels for the off season right now but the pro cycling machine rumbles on with the reveal of the route for the 107th edition of the Tour de France having taken place on Tuesday. 2020 Tour de France Info The first thing to note is that the 2020 Tour […]

Yorkshire 2019 World Cycling Championships Guide

The whirlwind travelling circus that is the cycling season has all but come to an end, with just the small matter of the rainbow stripes to contend this coming weekend in Yorkshire. In the wake of the success of the 2014 Tour de France grand depart the county has enjoyed a rise in it’s cycling […]

The 2019 Vuelta a España: Route Preview

The Vuelta a España, the final grand tour of the 2019 cycling season, is nearly upon us. As our base is in Spain here at Eat Sleep Cycle we regard the Vuelta as our ‘home’ grand tour and last year we wrote about 10 reasons why we think the Vuelta is better than The Tour. […]

Tour de France Favourites: Who Will Win the Yellow Jersey in 2019?

This year will mark the 106th edition of the Tour de France during which the race will celebrate two landmarks events: the 100th anniversary of the Maillot Jaune and the 50th anniversary of legedary Belgian Eddy Merckx’s first Tour victory, with the grand depart fittingly taking place on the 6th July in Brussels. Tour de […]

The Drama and Excitement of the Spring Classics Cycling Season

As the winter comes to an end, before fingers and toes have fully thawed out and with the season crescendo of the Tour de France still months away, come the Spring Classics. Often considered the ‘true’ cycling fan’s favourite races these prestigious one-day events are synonymous with cobbles and chaos. Such is the nature of […]

What the Pros Think of the 2019 Tour de France Route

The 2019 Tour de France route was unveiled last week. It’s a brutal parcours with 30 categorised climbs and few days for the fast men. Here, in our latest blog, we gathered the reactions of those likely to do battle next July! With the Grand Depart in Brussels on the 6th July the 2019 route […]

Is the Vuelta better than the Tour? Here’s 6 Reasons Why We Think It Is

It’s late summer in Europe, the season is drawing to a close, the classics are a distant memory, the excitement of the Giro and the Tour are behind us and something needs to fill the void: step forward La Vuelta a España. However, La Vuelta is more than just the poor relation to the other […]

Paddy Bevin Tour de France Diary; “Getting in the break is about skill, horsepower and luck”

Tour de France Diary Stage 13, Bourg d´Oisans to Valence, 170k We´re edging higher into the double digits for stages completed and thankfully, yesterday offered a little more respite than the three days previous. There was more downhill than uphill, which is rare, but don´t think for a second we were out for a Sunday […]

Paddy Bevin Tour de France Diary: “It was one of the most memorable climbs I´ve ever done”

Tour de France Diary: Stage 12, Bourg Sant Maurice Les Arcs – Alpe d´Huez, 175k When I eventually hang up my racing wheels, yesterday is one of the days I´ll recall with very fond memories. Growing up in Taupo, New Zealand, I remember watching the Tour de France in the black of night and counting […]

Paddy Bevin Tour de France Diary: “The number of Kiwi flags and silver ferns give me shivers”

Tour de France Diary Stage 11, Albertville to La Rosiere, 108k Deep in the Alps. Deep in suffer mode. At times, yesterday was like being submerged in water with our nostrils above the surface. It was a pretty tough stage as we knew it would be after Tuesday´s er, stalemate? I knew what to expect […]

Paddy Bevin Tour Diary: “Greg skipped across on the last ticket out of town”

Tour de France Diary Stage 10; Annecy – Le Grand Bornand, 158k We´re almost at the halfway point in the race and all things considered, we´re doing pretty well. Greg is in the yellow jersey and what an awesome ride yesterday to not only hold it on terrain many felt he´d flounder on, but he […]

Paddy Bevin Tour de France diary: “Hopefully I can recoup a bit of energy after a week defending yellow”

Tour de France diary; Rest day. July 16th, 2018 Boy was I in need of that day off yesterday! Like I said in yesterday´s blog, my day would consist of very, very, very little, so if it´s excitement you´re after in this post, you can stop reading now! 90 minutes of easy pedalling is what […]

Paddy Bevin Tour diary: “Whoever wins this Tour will have deserved it after yesterday”

Tour de France Diary: Stage 9 Arras – Roubaix, 156k Reflecting on yesterday´s epic battle in Northern France I´m reminded of the scene from the film Gladiator when Russell Crowe addresses the crowd after dispatching a challenger in a fight and yells, “are you not entertained, ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” to the assembled gallery It […]

Paddy Bevin Tour diary: “We were completely across the road and still riding at almost 400w.”

Stage 7, Fougeres to Chartres, 231k Sorry if we bored you yesterday! Let´s get that out there before we start, shall we? It was the longest of the race at 231 kilometres and on a pan-flat course, it was always going to be a day for the sprinters. After the madness of the opening six stages […]

Paddy Bevin Tour diary: “It´s nice to have everyone there in a stressful situation.”

Stage 6, Brest to Mur de Bretagne, 181k So, we´re still in yellow for another day and that makes it three days in-a-row we´re starting the stage with the coveted jersey. Greg was coolness personified yesterday and rode a textbook final, following the wheels and not allowing any major GC threat give him the slip. […]

Paddy Bevin Tour diary: “My gel count for the race took a sharp rise yesterday”

Stage 5, Lorient to Quimper, 205k Yesterday I took the gel count up to a whopping 23 for the race so far, bumping it up from 17 the day before. Keeping the yellow jersey is not easy and demands full focus and a huge amount of energy. The stage from Lorient to Quimper was over […]

Paddy Bevin Tour Diary: “We were all on keep-Richie-and-Greg-out-of-danger duty”

Stage 4, La Baule – Sarzeau, 195k Another day in the bag, yellow held, Richie very much in the race now, and onto the next challenge. Yesterday was all about staying vigilant, eating and drinking enough, keeping Richie and Greg out of any danger and making their lives as easy as possible. For a domestique, […]

Paddy Bevin Tour Diary: “I will cherish it for the rest of my life”

Stage 3: Cholet – Cholet, TTT, 35k Yesterday was one of the best days I’ve ever enjoyed as a bike rider and I will cherish it for the rest of my life. I was part of a stage-winning team in the biggest bike race in the world and it came about by sheer hard work, […]

Paddy Bevin Tour Diary: “Everyone was on keep Richie out of trouble duty!”

Stage 2; Mouilleron-Saint Germain – La Roche-Sur-Yon, 182.5km Day two is safely in the bag and I guess you could say it is mission completed with all BMC boys coming home in one piece and we turn our attention to today´s team time-trial. Yesterday, the stress levels went up another few notches as a few of […]

Paddy Bevin Tour Diary: “Even a combined effort from us and Michelton Scott wasn´t enough to close the gap”

Now that I’ve had some time to reflect on yesterday’s opener I can say one thing, the Tour is a very different animal to any other. You might have remembered my opening day last year when I went down hard in the prologue and I wrote on Friday about how I would try and at […]

Paddy Bevin Tour Diary: “I´ve taken strength from that and used it as a springboard”

Paddy Bevin is one of four Kiwi riders on the start-list in this year´s Tour de France. He will be blogging for Eat Sleep Cycle from the BMC Racing Team camp each night throughout the race. Tomorrow I will start my second Tour de France and my third Grand Tour having done the Vuelta in […]

Pro Rider Profile: Paddy Bevin Takes the Leader’s Jersey

As Girona based pro rider Paddy Bevin takes the Leaders Jersey in Tirreno Adriatico, Brian takes a look back at Paddy’s career to date.  Years in the making, a potential finally being reached Knowing the guy a little, he’ll probably hate reading this. He’ll probably say it’s pointless, unnecessary and way over the top. In […]